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The Best Chicago Bears Running Backs of All Time

Updated February 6, 2020 5.7k votes 1.0k voters 26.5k views24 items

Big fan of Chicago football? Then check out this list of Chicago Bears running backs with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting running back from throughout Chicago Bears history, including current running backs and past ones. Featuring 2018-2019 Chicago Bears and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Bears RBs include Matt Forte, Walter Payton, Neal Anderson, and Thomas Jones, among other NFL greats.

Who are the best running backs in Chicago Bears history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Chicago Bears starting running back.

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  • Walter Payton1

    Bears career: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

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  • Gale Sayers2

    Bears career: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971

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  • Matt Forte3

    Bears career: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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    #294 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#62 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • Neal Anderson4
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    Neal Anderson

    Bears career: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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  • Thomas Jones5
    242
    109

    Thomas Jones

    Bears career: 2006, 2005, 2004

  • Willie Galimore6

    Bears career: 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957

  • Matt Suhey7

    Bears career: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

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  • Jordan Howard8
    283
    177

    Jordan Howard

    Bears career: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • Rick Casares9

    Bears career: 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955

  • Roland Harper10
    89
    40

    Roland Harper

    Bears career: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

  • Tarik Cohen11

    Bears career: 2018, 2017

  • Anthony Thomas12

    Bears career: 2003, 2002, 2001

  • Raymont Harris13

    Bears career: 1997, 1996

  • Lewis Tillman14
    50
    75

    Lewis Tillman

    Bears career: 1994

  • James Allen15
    47
    76

    James Allen

    Bears career: 2000

  • Dave Williams16
    27
    45

    Dave Williams

    Bears career: 1981, 1980, 1979

  • Rashaan Salaam17

    Bears career: 1995

  • Cedric Benson18
    90
    165

    Cedric Benson

    Bears career: 2007

  • Carl Garrett19
    28
    69

    Carl Garrett

    Bears career: 1973

  • Don Shy20
    23
    62

    Don Shy

    Bears career: 1971

  • Curtis Enis21

    Bears career: 1999

  • Ken Grandberry22
    22
    61

    Ken Grandberry

    Bears career: 1974

  • Edgar Bennett23

    Bears career: 1998

  • Cyril Pinder24
    27
    71

    Cyril Pinder

    Bears career: 1972